Airlie Beach Nurses' Conference
- : Airlie Beach QLD 4802
Every year Ausmed Education holds a Nurses’ Conference specifically designed for your location aimed at assisting you to rapidly get up-to-date on current nursing topics. Attend this local Nurses’ Conference to gain a broad range of clinical and professional updates relevant to your practice. Take time out and network with like-minded colleagues. Find out:
- What are the health priorities that you need to know about?
- What nursing interventions make a difference especially to those with chronic conditions?
- Why is evidence so important to the way you practice?
- What is the latest information about a range of current treatments?
Schedule Day One
8:30AM REGISTRATION FOR DAY ONE
Getting ‘Buy-In’ from Your Patients
Many nurses feel a shared sense of frustration that, despite the health education they can provide, patients resist taking advice and making changes to their health. Are we going about health promotion in the wrong way? Are our needs being met rather than our patients? Sometimes we may be too eager to provide useful, practical tips to our patients. Despite our best intentions, are we failing to see what matters most to our patients? Is it time to use our reputation as one of the most trusted professions to go back to basics and build a meaningful relationship with our patients? From here, anything is possible, right? Let’s discuss:
- The power of unconditional positive regard
- How to actually be non-judgmental (we’re all guilty)
- Keeping goal setting and rewards simple
- Motivational interviewing and how to know if your patient is ready to change their behaviour
β-blockers: Getting to the Heart of the Matter
Beta-adrenergic blocking agents have been available for many years, with some people having been continuously prescribed these medicines for a generation or more. This poses a range of challenges for nurses who must stay up-to-date on these commonly prescribed medicines. This session will address the following issues:
- Recent changes to the guidelines for the management of hypertension
- Evidence regarding the efficacy of beta blockers
- The role of beta blockers in heart failure
- Contra-indications (e.g. asthma, COPD, and diabetes) and toxicity
- Adverse effects of beta blockers – side effects, or the disease being treated?
- How can a person be withdrawn from β-blockers and what are the risks?
10:30 MORNING TEA
Older People and Medicines
As people age, their ability to metabolise medicines changes. As many older adults take multiple medicines it is essential that their effect on one another be understood by those administering them. In this session you will consider how you can avoid the problems that may arise, and why medication review in older people is essential. This session discusses:
- Metabolism and medicines – how we change
- Medication delivery mechanisms – does one size fit all?
- What are the dangers in crushing medicines – are there other options?
- What are the top ten interactions to watch for?
- A note on distractions at the drug trolley!
Correctly Injecting Insulin: The Facts
It has now been evidenced that many people incorrectly inject their insulin. This finding, has huge ramifications for those who are insulin dependant as well as nurses who may instruct patients on the correct use. This session reviews the correct injection technique for insulin. Includes:
- What is the correct method to use to inject insulin?
- If insulin is injected into muscles what are the consequences?
- What happens to glucose levels if it is injected incorrectly?
- How is lipohypertrophy formed and what are the impacts on patient health?
- How frequently should a nurse check the technique of a person with diabetes who injects insulin?
12:45PM LUNCH AND NETWORKING
Beating Burnout in its Tracks
Stress reduction is front and central in today's fast paced health environments. Stress affects all levels of staff and is well-known to be detrimental to health and productivity. Nursing is considered to be one of the most stressful jobs as a result of long hours, the need for critical decision-making and therefore potential for burn-out amongst nurses is high. This session considers:
- What impact does stress have on our body and mind?
- What strategies can reduce stress on a day to day basis?
2:45 AFTERNOON TEA
Wellbeing In Nurses: Are We Taking Care of Ourselves?
The profession of nursing has traditionally promoted holistic healthcare practice in patients. Nurses spend their shifts caring for others in often highly charged and emotional situations and can forget to look after themselves. Topics for discussion in this final session include:
- Enhancing emotional wellbeing through self-care
- Should this be considered part of professional development?
- Sustaining wellbeing across the day and going home healthy
4:15 CLOSE OF DAY ONE OF CONFERENCE
9:00AM COMMENCEMENT OF DAY TWO
Blood-Borne Pathogens: Understanding the Risks
Despite a greater knowledge of hazards and risk management, health care workers continue to be exposed to blood and bodily fluids through needle stick injuries and other exposure incidents. This session includes:
- What blood-borne pathogens are of most concern?
- Modes of transmission: when am I actually at risk?
- What is the appropriate use of precautions?
- What do you do if you experience a needlestick or sharps injury?
- How can nurses avoid discrimination when a patient has a known blood-borne infection?
Humour Is Infectious but Infection Is Serious
We all know that humour is infectious, but the risk of infection is deadly serious. In this session, the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standard for Preventing and Controlling Healthcare Associated Infection will be used to identify current best evidence and practice in infection prevention and control for nurses. This session includes:
- An update on the occurrence of healthcare related acquired infections
- The impact of infections on patients and resources
- Early identification of infection and colonisation of patients and staff
- Infection prevention and control strategies that work – nursing practice to reduce the incidence of the spread of infection
10:45 MORNING TEA
Not Taking the Problem Home: Overcoming Worry and Anxiety
When a person or an incident “gets under your skin” it can be a source of constant worry. This can distort your perceptions and make you unhappy and distressed. This session will look at:
- What is the difference between worry and anxiety?
- How can you stop worrying?
- What can you do to become less anxious?
- How does our state of being impact on our decision-making ability?
Pre-Diabetes: A Window of Opportunity?
The statistics on pre-diabetes in this country are astonishing. This condition may be asymptomatic but leads to type II diabetes if untreated. Early diagnosis is key to reducing the risk of developing type II diabetes. Find out the latest information about pre-diabetes including:
- What is it and how is it diagnosed?
- Who gets it?
- What education can a nurse provide to patients in order to prevent it from developing into type II diabetes?
- What are the dietary friends and foes?
1:00PM LUNCH AND NETWORKING
Hearing loss is frequently preventable, yet most Australians see it as a normal part of ageing. Many Australians live with some degree of hearing loss, however, experts believe that the cause of this loss comes down to lifestyle choices. In this session:
- What are the different types of hearing loss?
- How can hearing loss be prevented?
- What are the best treatment and management options?
- What is the role of the audiologist?
3:00 AFTERNOON TEA
Healthy Relationships Within the Workplace
This session promotes healthy relationships within the workplace and includes:
- What are key factors that encourage healthy relationships?
- Why is this important for managing people effectively?
- What to do if things go wrong
4:15 CLOSE OF CONFERENCE AND EVALUATIONS
The Goal Need for Program
Safety and quality are both essential to nursing practice and these are directly linked to knowledge. The need for you to continually seek new information, in regard to the nursing care you provide, is an imperative no matter where you work. This is a time when:
- Health care budgets are under increased stress
- The community purse is shrinking
- Quality outcomes are now the goal of all care
It is more important than ever that you take a leadership role in providing high value care to people that is outcome focused. Addressing emerging gaps in knowledge through up-to-date information is crucial if safe, quality outcomes are to be achieved.
Purpose of Program
This program provides you with current knowledge relating to a range of professional and clinical practice topics that will improve how you provide holistic nursing care.
Your learning outcomes:
People in your care with health risks will receive preventative nursing action to avoid illness
Better patient outcomes will be achieved through the application of up-to-date knowledge related to specific nursing interventions
Inter-professional collaboration will be optimised to enhance patient outcomes
Patient outcomes will be underpinned by evidence-based practice, recognised standards, and guidelines
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